Marilyn Monroe was an American actress and model. Famous for playing "dumb blonde" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality.
Although Marilyn Monroe died unexpectedly from barbiturate overdose on August 5, 1962, her fashion style continues to be an inspiration to many of us. Can you believe that (at the time of this writing) it has already been almost 54 years since she passed? It kind of puts things into perspective, doesn't it?
Marilyn Monroe began her career as a pin up model, which I believe explains why you usually see her clad in form fitting wiggle dresses. It just seems natural and complements her figure so well. Her success eventually landed her film contracts with the big guns such as Twentieth Century Fox and Columbia Pictures.
Well, anyway here are some of Marilyn Monroe's dresses which I secretly adore. Enjoy! 😍 😍
1. This floral dress is the last dress Marilyn Monroe wore in her very last film, "Something's Got to Give". According to Express, Marilyn Monroe was wearing the dress on June 1, 1962, which coincidentally was her 36th birthday and sadly, also the day she was fired from the film.
2. In 1951, Marilyn Monroe wore this stunning off shoulder black ball gown to the 23rd Annual Academy Awards. In fact, I loved this dress so much that I managed to source for a similar style, available at our online store here. If only they made beautiful dresses like these back in my prom days. 😉
3. And of course, there's Marilyn Monroe's iconic white dress from the movie, "The Seven Year Itch", designed by William Travilla. Although this dress remains as one of Monroe's signature dresses, the funny thing was Monroe's husband at the time - Joe DiMaggio, was said to have "hated" the dress. My take on it? I think the dress is gorgeous. 💓 💓
4. Here's a classic Marilyn Monroe look - wiggle dresses. I've always loved wiggle dresses - and especially so, on Marilyn Monroe. I honestly feel she aces her ensemble every time she dons one, and it always seems so effortless. Maybe it's the hair as well? I don't know. In this occasion, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell were photographed during the hand and footprint ceremony at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on June 26, 1953. I love the addition of the bow sash on Marilyn's getup - just makes it all too feminine!
5. And lastly, who can resist a gold dress? Symbolic to success, achievement and triumph, what's not to like about this color? Although I have to admit, it may not be an easy color to pull off. This gold sun-ray pleated dress which was also coincidentally created by William Travilla features a daring, plunging halter V neck all the way down to the waist. Controversial as it may be (it was rumored Joan Crawford passed a remark that Marilyn Monroe looked "vulgar" in the dress), this dress has seen many reproductions which is proof that it remains popular even to date.
Have you got a favorite Marilyn Monroe dress as well? Leave a comment and share! 👍